Eric Chavez, 36, has unfortunately spent most of this season on the Arizona Diamondbacks disabled list with a knee injury. It’s an inglorious way for Chavez’s career to come to an end, but that’s how it goes sometimes: today Chavez just announced his retirement from baseball. Before all his injuries took over Chavez had a great career in Major League Baseball. He was a terrific third baseman–especially during his years with the Oakland Athletics (1998-2010). He won six consecutive Gold Gloves (2001-2006) and a Silver Slugger Award (2002).
Between the A’s and the Diamondbacks, Chavez played for the New York Yankees (2011-2012). There he broke a bone in his foot and suffered a minor concussion. Chavez agreed to a one-year contract worth $3 million with Arizona in 2013 and then re-signed for $3.5 million for this season. We suspect Chavez, a California native (full scholarship at USC), will return to the Golden State to celebrate.